ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jase Bowen left Michigan impressed with how the program rolled out the red carpet for he and his fellow juniors who are considering the Wolverines as a college football destination.
“The thing that stood out to me the most is how great the coaches were,” said Bowen, a wide receiver at Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio. “The academics and the facilities, too.”
Bowen visited Michigan on Saturday for the program’s annual junior day. The day-long recruiting event drew prospective recruits from Michigan and across the country.
Bowen, a 3-star wide receiver, only had to travel less than an hour north to attend, but joined good company, including 2019 commit Christopher Hinton, offensive lineman William Harrod, quarterback Paul Tyson and 5-star safety Daxton Hill.
“Junior days are a good time for college coaches to really show what the college has to offer, and to build relationships,” Bowen said. “[Michigan’s coaches] made it feel like home, they treated me very well, and I could tell they wanted the best for me.”
Had a great visit at the University of Michigan! Thanks to the coaching staff for having my family and I out today!〽️〽️ pic.twitter.com/0ntFS2S2eS
— jase bowen⚾️🏈 (@Jase_bowen32) March 17, 2018
Here’s a few snippets of who visited Michigan on Saturday for the program’s annual junior day, via social media:
Among the visitors was a sophomore: Paris Johnson Jr., a 6-foot-7, 275-pound tackle from St. Xavier in Cincinnati whom 247Sports ranks as the nation’s No. 1 tackle in the class of 2020.
“Blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with Coach Harbaugh today!” Johnson posted Saturday on his Twitter account.
Ruke Orhorhoro, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end from River Rouge, Mich., posted on Twitter that he received an official scholarship offer from the Wolverines.
Hinton is a 5-star defensive end who committed to Michigan in August of 2017. He traveled from Norcross, Ga., to meet with the coaching staff and with prospective recruits.
— Christopher Hinton (@Thechrishinton) March 17, 2018
Michigan currently has six verbal commitments in its 2019 class: Hinton, defensive end Stephen Herron Jr., offensive lineman Nolan Rumler, tackle Trente Jones, linebacker Charles Thomas and quarterback Cade McNamara.
McNamara, a 4-star quarterback from Reno, Nev., announced his verbal commitment to the Wolverines on Friday.
Coaches cannot comment on recruits until they have signed National Letters of Intent. This year’s junior class will sign either in December or in February of 2019.
Michigan defensive assistant Al Washington gave a shout-out to Matt Dudek, Michigan’s director of recruiting, at the conclusion of junior day.
— Al Washington (@CoachWash56) March 17, 2018
Washington’s social media post summed up the day well.